Instagram, just like the rest of the social media platforms offers a whole lot of values which includes, sharing files, meeting with other users, sending messages, keeping up with entertainment update, basically, just to have fun.
It is a platform that focuses majorly on photo and video sharing. Since its launch in October 2010, the social media app has received a lot of acceptance from people. It currently ranks the fourth most populated app, numbering up to 1.3 billion users around the world.
Well, in this article, we are focusing on how to hack an Instagram account. An Instagram account hack used to be one hard nut to crack back then, but in this new school of unabated technicality, absolutely nothing is that difficult to break into.
At most, it just involves the putting together of heads of tech-savvy individuals, and, voila! The firewall of any social media platform is pushed down. In this article, we shall be breaking down how to hack an Instagram account, and other things you need to know.!
Why Hack an Instagram Account?
Different people have different reasons for wanting to hack an Instagram account. Whilst some of these reasons are malicious, other ones are genuine and appropriate. However, in all, there should be a bit of care on the side of the hacker, lest their relationship with their target is broken when they find out, or sometimes, get them into deep trouble.
The first on our list is parental control. Things have taken another turn from where they used to be in the past. The Internet space is so wide that you can only imagine what kind of thing goes on every day, good or bad. These do not leave underage out as Internet predators do not really care if they are transacting with an infant.
This has caused parents to fear that their kids might be victims of these monsters whose original intentions are not good. Therefore, parents could consider hacking their kids' accounts and monitoring their activities on the Internet space.
Spying on a Spouse
Do you suspect that your spouse could be cheating? Well, you could hack his/her Instagram account to be sure. However, you need to be very careful so they do not find out. The purpose of hacking a spouse's account is to spy, so that means you will not be carrying out other account alterations on their account, to keep damage minimal.
To Spy on Employees
Sometimes some employees throw cautions to the wind and engage in conversation or make public posts that are related to their job in a bad light. This has made some organizations that want to be sure that their employees are doing their job and not engaging in conversations that are not healthy for the growth and progress of the organization monitor their employees’ Instagram accounts.
This could raise eyebrows and question the authenticity of the firm. So, to ascertain that none of those things is going on, or at worst, caution them (if they are), some employers monitor their employees' conversations.
Popular Methods of Hacking Instagram Accounts without Password
Ordinarily, if you know the password of your victim, you could confiscate their Instagram account, but in this part of this article, we will be talking about you can do so without knowing their password. There are a number of methods to get this done, below are some of them:
1. Using Glassgram for Anonymous Monitoring of Public Content
Glassgram is a monitoring app that lets you hack an Instagram account by installing it into your target mobile device. This app lets you monitor the activities of your victim such as photos are video posts, and save them without them knowing. The app runs on stealth mode, so there is no way your victim will find out that you're spying on them. Glassgram is available for Android and iOS users.
Here is how to set up Glassgram:
Step 1: Go to the official Glassgram website
Step 2: Click on the Try Now button
Step 3: The next page requires you to enter the Instagram handle of your target (e.g @bluepen), or enter an address link directly e.g https://Instagram.com/bluepen. Then click Watch Now
Step 4: Click on the Try Now button under the Free segment. The free version let you see photos and video posts of your target without them knowing. It cannot track accounts. If you want to use other features such as tracking accounts, you will have to subscribe to the paid version.
Step 5: Click on the Watch Now, then wait for it to process. It will show a code on your screen and underneath is written Successfully Recovered Content.
Step 6: Click on the GO TO ACCOUNT
Step 7: It will take you to the target’s Instagram profile where you can view their published contents, watch their videos, see their photos or even download them without them knowing.
Step 8: To download the app, follow these steps:
Step 9: Create a Glassgram account by clicking the website above, entering your email, and signing up
Step 10: The next page brings up the pricing of the app. Select the free option and proceed.
Step 11: You will receive an email from Glassgram containing your login credentials after successful signup.
Step 12: Log into Glassgram with your login details sent to your email. An installation wizard will begin. Click on the Next button to begin the wizard. Then follow the instructions on your screen to complete your download on your target’s device.
Step 13: On logging in, the first thing you will see is the dashboard. On the dashboard left side panel, you will see an unread section above the Social button. This will reveal the activities of your target whenever they are using Instagram.
2. Using the Phishing Method
Phishing is a type of social engineering that involves tricking the account user into submitting their sensitive details. You as a hacker create a site that looks like the login page of Instagram and send an email containing the link to this site to your target. The unsuspecting victim enters their Instagram login details, thereby revealing their login details to you. Here's how to do that below
Step 1: You create a replica of an Instagram login page using free web hosts such as freehostia, Byehost, HyperPHP, Wix, AwardSpace etc since the website is not legal and might not be useful after the hack.
Step 2: Send an email to your target, posing as an authority figure from Instagram stating that their account is at the risk of hack and needs them to click the link to secure it.
Step 3: When they click the link, it lands them on your fake website where they enter their Instagram login details.
Step 4: The page is designed to look real, thereby containing the old password and new password section. Now when they enter these details, they have revealed their login details to you. So all you have to do is take their old password because that is their current password and login into their Instagram using their email or username.
3. Browser's Password Manager Method
Your browser's password manager is a password-saving feature on your browser. It saves data, usually login data of the various websites you have chosen to log in automatically. To be able to use this method to hack an Instagram account effectively, you need to have access to your victim’s mobile device physically.
There are different steps to finding the browser's password manager for different browsers. However, we are focusing on the Chrome browser in this article, since it is the most used browser according to a 2022 research.
Now let us look at the steps to getting an Instagram account hacked using this method.
Step 1: Go to your Chrome browser
Step 2: Tap the 3 dots on the top right corner of your screen
Step 3: Locate Settings on the long list of options that pops afterward
Step 4: Tap on the password on the Basics segment of the options provided
Step 5: Scroll to the Password segment to see a long list of websites that your victim has visited. If you are lucky, they may have used the Chrome browser to log in to their Instagram account (which they will most likely have used). You might be asked to provide verification of any sort, depending on the security configuration of your target.
Step 6: If you do not find Instagram on the long list of visited websites, you could trick them into logging into their account with their Chrome browser without revealing yourself. Whatever way you choose to make them log in, is up to you, but you rest assured that you will get their password once and then log in with their Chrome browser, invariably.
4. Using the Mspy App
Mspy is an account spying app used in spying some social accounts such as WhatsApp, email, Instagram, etc. The only hitch you might experience is the pricing of this app as it is not free; the pricing is set at $48.99 for a monthly subscription.
But if you wish to go for every 3 months subscription, then the monthly fee drops to $27.99, and the price for the monthly subscription when you subscribe for the annual package drops to $11.99.
Well, if you have all these in place. You can proceed to the following:
Step 1: mspy.com to download
Step 2: Click on the Try Now button
Step 3: The next page will need you to choose a payment plan and continue to the payment page, which is the next.
Step 4: You will receive an email to guide you on how to download the app on your target’s device. After downloading the app, then it is time to spy. Do that by logging in to your mspy account via your web browser and accessing your dashboard from there to see your target’s activity.
Step 5: Now, you have access to their DMs, followers, search history, photos, videos, etc, basically all their activities. You can do this by going to your dashboard and navigating around to do what you want to do.
How to Prevent Your Instagram Account from Being Hacked
You do not want to lose an Instagram account, which you have spent years building all in a twinkle of an eye. Of course, there is an option of creating a new one but it will take years to build it to the level of your current account. In addition, sometimes you cannot get everything back; followers, engagements, etc, so you should consider following the tips below to prevent your account from being hacked.
1. Do Not Install Untrusted Apps:
this could be a ploy to collect your login details. Therefore, always heed to warnings from your phone security by desisting from installing untrusted apps.
2. Do not Click Suspicious Links:
Do not click on every link you see, especially ones sent to you by email. From the explanations in this article so far, it could be phishing, so you are better off not clicking at all.
3. Create A Strong Password:
When you have a strong password, it will be hard for hackers to guess or compromise. A strong password is one with upper and lower case characters, numerals, and symbols.
4. Do not Log in on Too Many Devices:
Be sure that whichever device you use to login into your Instagram account, you have access to them or know the owners. However, to be on the safer side, you should desist from logging in on many devices or browsers. In addition, always remember to log out once you are done.
5. Do not save Passwords on the Browsers:
Whether you own the device or not, do not save your Instagram account password on your browser. You can use the app instead. From the explanations so far, your password could be gotten from your browser if you save it on them.
6. Activate Two-Factor Authentication:
This is an extra layer of security that is introduced to further tighten your account security structure. Once activated, it will be a pain in the neck for hackers.
To activate the Two-factor Authentication, follow the steps below
Step 1: Go to your Instagram app
Step 2: Tap on your profile at the bottom right corner of your screen
Step 3: When on your profile, tap the three horizontal lines on the top right of your screen
Step 4: Tap on Settings
Step 5: Tap on Security
Step 6: Tap on Two-Factor Authentication and continue with the prompts to set up your Two-factor Authentication
What to do When your Account is Hacked
Your Instagram has just been hacked? Do not panic. Be as calm as you can be. Your recovery process may be difficult or even impossible when you are panicky.
Inform Your Friends
You could make a post with another account to inform your followers and friends about the hack and warn them against revealing any information to your impostor.
Contact Instagram Help Center
Send an email to the Instagram Support Team for possible intervention. They could help recover the account if you provide them with the basic details, or at worst, help lock the account to further notice to prevent the hacker from going on a damage spree.
You can contact the support team by sending an email to [email protected] and stating your problem.
How to Recover a Hacked Account
If you have your device and phone number with you, you can still get back your account by following any of these methods below
Step 1: Using your browser, get on the Instagram login page
Step 2: Click on the Forgot Password button
Step 3: On the next page, provide your email, phone number, or username and click on the “Send Login Link” button.
Step 4: Once that is done, a password reset link will be sent to your email or whichever means you provided. Go there and click on the link sent from Instagram to reset your password, this time, a stronger password!
Send an Email to the Support Team:
This method has been stated earlier and it is similar, but this time, you are sending an email to help you recover your account. All you have to do is state your complaint and provide your details. Refer to the email and phone number above to contact the Support Team.
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Everyone cherishes his or her social media accounts, not just Instagram alone. We could say that it took them years to achieve what they have, so, losing it will be a nightmare for them.
Therefore, if you must hack someone's account, please have a genuine reason for doing so, and note that anything besides this will be considered criminal, which may attract some legal consequences. This article only seeks to demonstrate how to hack an Instagram account and does not in any way support it.